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Goodbye Gamespot

After being a resident on Gamespot for about 5 years, I have decided that it is my time to leave here. I won't go into the reasons here but I knew this time would come eventually.

I appreciate the cyber friends and aquaintances that I made here.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year! :)


Don't be a fan boy

As some of you know, I am a gamer of advanced age in my early 40s. That makes me a veteran gamer around here. My first game system was not the NES, but the Atari 2600 way back in the early 1980s. I first started playing video games at around the age of 10. That would give me a whopping 30 years of video game experience!

One piece of advice I can give to all of you is not to be a fan boy of a particular video game company. My choice of video game consoles were always based on the games that game system provided the most of. For example, it's easy to be a Nintendo fan boy when the NES and SNES were around because they provided a lot of games. But when Nintendo 64 and Gamecube came, it would not be easy to just stick to Nintendo because there were more games available for Playstation, PS2, and Xbox.

The game system I have now is the Wii because I like the games available for it. But if Nintendo releases another system that doesn't do very good, then I will most likely get one of the other system made either by Microsoft, Sony or another company.

Another thing I've learned is that you don't have to have the latest technology in order to have fun. This is what Nintendo has learned. For example, the Wii is not as advanced as the Xbox 360 and PS3, yet many people still find it fun to play. Also, the Nintendo DS has lots of 2D games for it that many people still find fun to play, outselling Sony's more advanced PSP.

Christmas dinner killed my vegetarianism

As some of you may know, I became a lacto-ovo vegetarian. But after 2 years of practicing it, I've decided to give it up. After being invited to a few Christmas dinners where there is no vegetarian option, I've decided to eat turkey.

Don't get me wrong. I still like vegetarian food and I think it's still good for a diet to be predominately plant-based. I just don't think I can eat it exclusely anymore.

What I've been doing lately.

I haven't done much posting until recently, so what have I been doing all this time? Well, I've been taking a break from politics and doing a lot of singing in my church band. I happen to be one of their best singers. I really like the church I'm with. Although it is a Seventh Day Adventist church, it is different from the other ones around here. We have services in the afternoon instead of in the morning since a lot of youth like to sleep in. Our main target audience is young adults, although anyone of any age who is young at heart are welcome. Dress code is casual dress. We also have what we call "small groups" where different groups meet during to week to have bible study and fellowship, usually in a person's home. We try to be real to each other about the problems and challenges we face in life. We make sure that guest and members feel welcome.

There have been good changes in the Christian Heritage Party as well. The former leader of the Canadian Action Party, Dr. Andrew Moulden, has left the party and is now a CHP member. Including him and the issues the CAP deal with will help to diversify the issues CHP deals with by including the preservation of national sovereignty and against any form of North American Union. Former leader of the Social Credit Party of Alberta, Wayne Cook, whose party was unsuccessful in registering federally, has decided to disband his party and has now joined CHP and encouraged his former members to join as well.

Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day

In Florida , an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and
Passover holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against
Christians, Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it
was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the
passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring,
"Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying,
"Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have
Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah,
yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays."

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your
client, counsel, is woefully ignorant."

The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special
observance or holiday for atheists."

The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day.
Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus,
it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then
he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."

This is too good not to forward.

tangle, a new Christian social network!

Tangle is a new Christian social network and I encourage all Christians and curious non-Christians to check it out. It was formally known as Godtube and was merely a Christian version of Youtube. Now, it is a combination of Facebook, MySpace and Youtube specifically designed for the Christian community. Check it out!

I'm going to miss Michael Jackson

I'm a child of the 80s and I grew up with Michael Jackson's music so I'm going to miss him. I didn't care for his "white" complextion and the alligations of child abuse, but I really liked his music; epecially the earlier stuff that I grew up with back in the 70s and especially the 80s. I even know of at least one person who cried, as if a family member died.

Michael Jackson merchandise is selling all over the place. I wouldn't be surprised if some of his old hits end up on music radio station's *today's* top 10!

I don't have an absolute favorite, but here is one of them called Rock With You:

Why a mere lobby group isn't enough?

(What I'm about to say applies only to the Christian Heritage Party of Canada (CHP) and not the Constitution Party or U.S. politics in general).

I attended a banquet recently and the national board of the CHP were there. This included the leader, deputy leader, and national executive committee. Most of the provincial presidents were there as well as other candidates and members from all accross Canada.

The new leader of the party, Jim Hnatiuk, gave an excellent presentation on the mission of the CHP and why a Christian political party is needed. One of the things he addressed is why a mere lobby group isn't enough. That is where you have organizations encourage their readers or members to write letters to their Member of Parliment (MP) to encourage them to vote for good moral causes, thiinking that the MP is accountable merely to their constuants. The problem with this is that the same MP is also accountantable to his leader. If the MP votes in a way that the party leader doesn't like, even if its what the MP's constituants want, then that same MP can be kicked out of the party. This happened to Larry Spencer who was kicked out of the Canadian Alliance (and not invited in the new Conservative Party) when he spoke out in favor of pro-life views. An NDP MP (I don't remember the person's name), was kicked out when she voted against a same-sex bill which was the wish of the majory of her constituants. These two examples show that trying to persuade MPs to vote for moral causes is a waste of time if that same MP is under threat to be removed from their position.

Another good reason to support a Christian political party.


This just in! Conservative Party gives $400,000 to Toronto Gay Pride Week. Another reason to vote for CHP!